Scream 2 is a fantastic movie, let alone a sequel. The more I think about mentioning it being a sequel the more I realize that I can think of sequels that are just as good if not better than the first movie. It is actually pretty rare for both of the movies to be so good. Scream 2 is a classic on its own merits alone, even without it being connected to a classic like Scream. It makes so much sense that there were more movies after this in the franchise.
Scream 2 was directed by Wes Craven. It was written by Kevin Williamson. The two returned for an improvement on their original team up. With what the duo had been able to do in the first movie, the improvements upon what they had done previously is outstanding. With how sequel adverse Wes Craven was, him coming back for this is a standout for his filmography. This was Williamson’s second movie that came out that year.
Everyone from the cast that returns in the movie makes a lot of sense. Scream 2 stars Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courtney Cox, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie Kennedy, Laurie Metcalf, Jerry O’Connell, Jada Pinkett, Timothy Olyphant, and Liev Schreiber. The new people in the cast mix well with the returning cast. Jerry O’Connell gets to play a guy that’s seemingly been picked out of a romantic comedy and placed in a horror movie, and he serves as moments of levity and lets the audience laugh. The killers get to just go for it once they’re revealed. Everyone from the returning cast is fantastic. I personally loved Dewey, well still love Dewey.
It isn’t told how long after the first film Scream 2 takes place. Sidney and Randy are going to Windsor College when there are murders that start happening. The murders start at the premiere of the movie within the movie Stab, which is based on the events of the first movie. Both Gale and Dewey arrive shortly after, each for their own reasons. Dewey wants to protect Sidney, having taken on a surrogate big brother role. Gale has seemingly fallen back into her old ways. The survivors of the Woodsboro massacre once again work together to investigate who is murdering people now.
The score was done by Marco Belltrami as well as Danny Elfman and Hans Zimmer. The score stuff is both interesting and kind of a mess. The music of the movie is good, but the behind the scenes stuff is messy. The production design is amazing, especially in the theatre department scenes. It feels like a college with money behind their theatre program. The costume design in those scenes add to that effect as well.
Scream 2 is just a flat out classic in the horror genre, no matter if it’s a sequel or not. The next movie in the series is a mess. You can find things to enjoy in it but there’s a noticeable dip in quality between the two movies. Hell in the entire franchise as whole. You can watch Scream 2 on Paramount +. I give Scream 2 10 Greek letter necklaces out of 10.